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NASA explains the ‘supermoon’ of May 5

In a video uploaded to YouTube in March, NASA explained the “supermoon” phenomenon that occurred the night of May 5. “The scientific term for the phenomenon is perigee moon,” the video explained. “Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an…

Obama knocks Romney: Corporations are not people

President Barack Obama launched his reelection campaign in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday by rebuking his presumptive Republican opponent’s approach to taxes and the economy. “We’ve come too far to abandon the change we have fought for these past few years” Obama told a crowd of 14,000 supporters. “We have to…

Krugman compares Republican economic plan to blood-letting

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said Saturday that Republican-backed austerity measures — such as cutting government spending and reducing public services — were self-defeating “We are very much like medieval doctors who thought the treatment for illness was to bleed you, then when the patients got sicker they bled them…

Moyers guest: U.S. is looking at immigration from the wrong direction

Author Luis Alberto Urrea was Bill Moyers’s guest on this week’s edition of “Moyers and Company.” Urrea has dedicated his life to telling the stories of the people who live along the 1,969 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico. Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and “Anglo”…

Maher to Romney: Giving to your ‘ridiculous church’ doesn’t count as charity

Friday night on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher went after presumptive Republican nominee Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA)’s assertion that he gives millions away every year in charity. Giving the standard tithe to the Mormon church, in Maher’s opinion, somehow doesn’t have quite the same altruistic heft as…

Mississippi twins arrested for videoing police from their balcony

As nineteen year old Shanell Madison of Pearl, Mississippi tells it, she and her twin brother Terrell were sitting peacefully on the balcony of their apartment on Tuesday when they heard shots from a police shootout below. Then Terrell began recording the scene with his cellphone, and that brought the…

GOP pundit calls Romney ‘foolish’ for butting into Chen affair

Word seems to be getting around that presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney goofed badly when he accused the Obama administration of creating a “a dark day for freedom and … a day of shame” by allegedly encouraging Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng to leave the U.S. embassy in Beijing. Abby…

Watch live: News conference with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s lawyers

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Company’s ‘LaserSaber’ looks just like ‘Star Wars’ Jedi weapon

George Lucas might be about to sue somebody. A company called Wicked Lasers, which produces some of the most powerful consumer-level lasers available, began selling on Friday a special attachment for one of their latest creations that turns it into a “LaserSabre,” which looks suspiciously like the favorite weapon of…

Romney attacks Obama for not keeping unemployment below 4 percent

As the unemployment rate hit a three-year low of 8.1 percent on Friday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney escalated attacks on President Barack Obama by moving the bar to 4 percent. “Just this morning there was some news that came across the wire that said that the unemployment rate…

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